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Great chase game Commodore 64 Katakis | カタキス (39516)
Brilliant James Bond-esque style action racer..... Apple II Garcia (4890)
who doesn't like spy hunter!?! NES Jeff Koerner (38)

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ColecoVision 7 3.2
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PC Booter 5 3.5
ZX Spectrum 7 3.6
Combined User Score 76 3.3

Critic Reviews

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ColecoVisionThe Video Game Critic (Jul 11, 2012)
Considering its age, Spy Hunter has a lot of depth. The road periodically branches and enemies are randomized so no two games are the same. You can even transform into a speedboat for a high-speed shootout on the water! The Peter Gun theme that blares in the background adds a gangster flavor. There are subtle graphical touches like the "muzzle flash" of your machine guns, and when you bump a car on the bridge it breaks through the guardrail and splashes into the water! Details like that make all the difference. I played this Spy Hunter so much that it gave me a blister! That's a ringing endorsement if I ever heard one.
Atari 2600The Video Game Critic (Jul 01, 2001)
Spy Hunter's graphics are plain but clean, although the helicopter looks like a big floating tree. The Peter Gun theme plays in the background, and there are two difficulty levels. I highly recommend this one.
ColecoVision8-bit Central Retro Gaming (2014)
Spy Hunter was ported to many home systems, but the Colecovision version really shines with great game play and phenomenal detail. Even if you don't own original hardware, give the ROM a try and experience the living room joy we found in 1984! I miss that awesome steering wheel and the pedals, but Coleco did a fine job of brining this game home.
ColecoVisionDigital Press - Classic Video Games (Dec 10, 2003)
The graphics are great, there’s no doubt about what game you’re playing. The music is faithfully reproduced (it’s the “Theme to Peter Gunn”), and really adds to the atmosphere. Other sound effects, such as the machine guns, the skidding cars, and the helicopter are likewise very high quality. The game works fine with a standard controller, but you are given the option to use the Super Action Controller which makes the multiple-weapon pickups easier to select from; and as I mentioned earlier, the driving module that really brings the arcade feel home. You won’t find midget buses cutting you off in Spy Hunter, but there’s plenty to keep your trigger finger busy anyway.
ZX SpectrumCrash! (May, 1985)
Spy Hunter is a fairly good arcade to Spectrum conversion. The graphics are fairly good though the sound is used poorly for such a great game. Of all the Zap em up games I’ve ever played Spy Hunter is a firm favourite amongst them. Playability is high because there is such a lot going all the time. I don’t think that this game will keep anyone’s interest for weeks and weeks because it’s a fairly simple game to get into and to play (this is also a point in its favour because it can be played by virtually anyone). I particularly liked the river scenes, they seemed more varied than the ones on the CBM 64 (I know I’m not meant to mention that calculator but I couldn’t resist it considering I prefer the Spectrum version of Spy Hunter). If you want a good shoot em up Spy Hunter is well worth the money. Overall a good game that should keep you all amused for a while.
Commodore 64Zzap! (May, 1985)
Grabs you immediately - great playability. Another truly addictive title from the US.
The potential monotony of the game is broken up by an optional, very difficult area where the player can choose to transform into a speed boat for a spell, and the game is backed by an excellent synth composition of the iconic theme to the television show Peter Gunn. All in all, this is a very good and faithful port of its arcade roots.
80 (UK) (Oct 25, 2007)
Spy Hunter singlehandedly created a mythos that endures to this day, and defined a new era in action/driving games that spawned a wealth of arcade classics.
Graphically the game is pretty decent although does look a little sparse at time. The sound is great though with an excellent rendition of the classic Spy Hunter theme playing during the game. I have always been a massive fan of Spy Hunter from the first time I played a sit down version on holiday as a kid and this version of the game didn't disappoint me. Spy Hunter is right up there as one of the best racing games on the machine and well worth tracking down in it's original form.
ZX SpectrumSinclair User (Jun, 1985)
One of the more successful arcade games of last year looks set to have potential double agents roaring up to their local shops in hot pursuit for a copy of the game. Sega has recently licensed Spy Hunter to US Gold and continues the trend of arcade games crossing the Atlantic as computer software.
NESJust Games Retro (Dec 24, 2003)
Spy Hunter hearkens back to simple arcade beat-your-score challenges of yesteryear. You pilot a speeding Ferrari down highways that scroll from the top of the screen to the bottom. Along the way, you will be accosted by armored cars, bullet shooting cars, and tire-popping spiked cars. They have to die, and points are your reward. Your point tally increases more rapidly the faster you go, which is accomplished by moving your car up closer to the top of the screen. This, of course, means that your reaction time is cut shorter, and you must be on guard for road curves, hazards, and traffic. One hit at high speed makes your car kablooey. You must also watch out for the innocent cars, which temporarily suspend your ability to gain points if you toast them.
ZX SpectrumTilt (Sep, 1985)
Ce jeu rapide et difficile au second niveau, est servi par des graphismes de qualité.
Commodore 64Commodore User (Mar, 1989)
One of the most ancient conversions this, and a little dated even by re-release standards. This one's for nostalgics only really.
Spy Hunter brings back many arcade memories, but the game play is far more frustrating. Between odd speed variants and random bugs in this version, the arcade version is far preferable. We love Spy Hunter, and the NES version offers a good version of it, but the bugs make it far less desirable than it should be.
Commodore 64Commodore User (Jun, 1985)
The game scrolls vertically and has some quite attractive, ever changing terrain. Part of the skill required is keeping your car on the road. An excellent shoot-em-up all the same.
ZX SpectrumYour Spectrum (Jun, 1985)
This one's fast and it's tricky and if you're not careful it'll drive you up the wall. If only it actually got somewhere.
25 (Jun, 2013)
Even if you desire to be a Spy Hunter expert, it will take dozens, if not hundreds, of lives to get a handle on the game’s blinding quickness. But again, why bother? Personal fulfillment should come from playing and progressing through a game, any game, regardless of genre. Unless you just enjoy watching points rack up, Spy Hunter offers little enjoyment to the player.
NESThe Video Game Critic (Mar 10, 2000)
Here's a surprisingly lame version of the popular arcade hit. VIewing the action from overhead, you control a James Bond-style car loaded with weapons and gadgets. You can shoot enemy cars or bump them off of the road, but the control is atrocious! Apparently you car only has only two speeds: too fast and too slow! When driving fast, you have no chance to react to oncoming cars, and when driving slow, the bad guys run you right off of the road. Spy Hunter's graphics are fair, but unimproved from the original arcade game. All in all, this is a major disappointment.